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Samara Discusses Disaster Preparedness

by Arianna McKinney

Although, the red alert was lowered to yellow and shelters were shut down, many remain nervous with so many aftershocks – over 1700 by Tuesday 11- and the possibility of another big quake.

On Monday, September 10, more than 100 people from Samara and surrounding communities showed up at a meeting to address uncertainties and doubts in the community hall with the National Emergency Committee (CNE), accompanied by the mayor and vice mayor along with a team of psychologists (SEE ARTICLE ABOUT PSYCHOLOGISTS) and a seismologist from the University of Costa Rica (UCR). 

Adriana Rodriguez, president of the municipal emergency committee and vice mayor of Nicoya canton, noted that Garza, Nosara and Samara are the communities most vulnerable along the coast and stressed that the emergency committee is focusing on prevention. 

 
In a show of solidarity, one member of the community, suggested everyone holding hands for a minute during the meeting to share the fear as well as the happiness of surviving the earthquake.

Seismologist Discusses Tsunamis and Preparedness

UCR Seismologist Mario Fernandez Arce told VON that “it has been demonstrated that here big events occur and no one dies. It’s a fact that gives hope.” He noted that the no one died in the 7.7 earthquake in 1950, and practically no one died in this 7.6 earthquake either (the only related death was indirect from a heart attack).

Fernandez explained that a tremor can pass “happily” through hard rock with little effect, such as the rock mass below Nicoya, whereas a volcanic terrain would amplify a tremor, causing it to shake harder and longer.  

During the meeting, Fernandez addressed questions about tsunamis, noting that any quake in the ocean or near the coast comes with the threat of a tsunami; therefore people should automatically get away from the coast and head for a high point. 

Depending on the location and magnitude of the event, tsunamis can happen within half an hour to an hour and a half after an event and waves range from one meter to 30 in height. The most problematic are the first 200-300 meters of the beach, he said. Therefore the recommendation is to evacuate to a location at least 300 meters from the beach and at least 10 meters high. 

The gas station is not the most recommended area to evacuate to, he said, since other potential problems exist. He also advised that anyone out fishing should not come to shore since they will hardly feel anything in the deep sea.

Fernandez also recommended having an emergency plan, including pets in the plan. During an earthquake, he advised no to run but rather to get in a doorway. Afterward, leave the building and get to a safe place. 

He said that running out during the earthquake is not a good idea. One reason why is that in the moment of panic people are likely to forget to take things like emergency kits, which should include a radio with batteries, flashlight, medicine and first aid kit, blanket, clothing, water and canned food and can opener. 

Fernandez also stressed that it is important now to review how well structures were built, especially the columns and rafters and reinforce them if necessary.

In addition, all members of the family, including children, should know where and how to shut of water, electricity and gas in case of leaks. 

 

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Not Everyone Can Return to Daily Life After Earthquake

Although aftershocks continue to be felt constantly—now numbering more than 1,000—people are returning to their normal lives. For many, this is easy to do since their homes and businesses didn’t sustain damage or the damage was minimum after the earthquake on Wednesday, September 5th.

Video of 7.6 Earthquake in Nosara

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Medical Services Are Limited

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President Chinchilla Came to Nicoya to Evaluate Situation
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Engineers Survey Nosara Damage

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7.6 Earthquake in Cangrejal of Samara
Information from the National Seismological Network (UCR)

8 km to the northeast of Samara
15 kilometers deep
7.6 intensity on the Richter scale
Felt as far away as Nicaragua

7.6 Earthquake in Cangrejal of Samara
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7.6 Earthquake in Cangrejal of Samara
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